Unbeaten ranks shrinking in high school baseball

Posted May 03, 2011, at 4:50 p.m.
Last modified May 04, 2011, at 9:33 a.m.

High school baseball’s regular season is speeding along for some teams, still just beginning for others.

But the ranks of the undefeated are shrinking quickly in Eastern Maine.

Bangor, 6-0 after a 5-1 win at Mt. Blue of Farmington on Tuesday, is the only unbeaten left in Eastern Maine Class A. Coach Jeff Fahey’s club has outscored its opposition 79-13 in those six games, including four victories shortened by the 10-run rule.

Senior lefthander Joe Stanevicz extended his record to 3-0 on the spring with a one-hit complete game at Messalonskee of Oakland on Monday, taking a no-hitter into the final inning, while righthander Jesse Wood also is 3-0 after pitching a four-hit complete game against Mt. Blue.

Bangor may face its toughest test to date on Friday when it hosts 5-2 Brunswick at Mansfield Stadium. Brunswick currently is ranked No. 1 in Eastern A, followed by 5-1 Lewiston — which fell from the unbeaten ranks with a 7-6 loss at Cony of Augusta on Monday — and Bangor.

Eastern B has no undefeated teams, though six different teams have just one loss. That group is led by defending state champion Waterville, now 4-1 after a 3-1 victory over Camden Hills of Rockport on Monday. KVAC Class B rival Gardiner also has just one loss, as do top-ranked Bucksport, Ellsworth, John Bapst of Bangor and Hermon, all from the Penobscot Valley Conference.

Defending regional champion Calais is one of two undefeated teams in Class C. Coach Kenny Murphy’s Blue Devils are 6-0 with a Downeast Athletic Conference game at 3-2 Narraguagus of Harrington coming up on Thursday.

Calais ranks No. 1 in the division, followed closely by Foxcroft Academy, which pushed its record to 6-0 and extended its regular-season winning streak to 21 games with a 17-12 victory over Orono at Mahaney Diamond on the campus of the University of Maine in Orono. The Ponies host Penquis Valley of Milo on Wednesday, then on Friday face a Lee Academy team that fell from the unbeaten ranks Monday in a 6-2 loss to third-ranked Penobscot Valley of Howland.

Katahdin of Stacyville (3-0) and Wisdom of Saint Agatha (2-0) are the lone surviving unbeatens in Eastern D, while Bangor Christian (3-2) ranks at the top of the division after upending 5-1 Penobscot Valley at Howland on Friday.

The list of high school unbeatens is somewhat lengthier in Western Maine through Monday’s games. Cheverus of Portland, Marshwood of South Berwick and Westbrook are all 3-0 in Class A. Other undefeated teams are Lincoln Academy of Newcastle (5-0), Cape Elizabeth (3-0) and Yarmouth (4-0) in Class B; Monmouth Academy (4-0), Dirigo of Dixfield (3-0) and Saint Dominic of Auburn (3-0) in Class C, and Greenville and Buckfield, both 2-0, in Class D.

Lincoln Academy’s unbeaten run got a notable boost Monday from senior pitcher Brandon Reilly, who struck out 21 batters in a 4-3, nine-inning victory over Oak Hill of Wales. The Eagles are scheduled to host 3-2 Camden Hills on Friday.

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